I’ve been working on several Fourth of July projects that I wanted to share with you guys.
The first project has been baking for one of my high school friends who has been sent to Afghanistan. I recently was on Facebook with him and asked if there was anything we could send him and he asked for banana bread.
So my little sweeties and I baked multiple loaves of banana bread this weekend that I am mailing off today and hoping they make it without molding. (The Post Office lady doesn’t think it’s going to work but my friend says other guys get banana bread all the time. It’s a moist bread and that is the concern. Mailing tips: You get a discount on the flat-rate boxes. It’s about $13 for a large flat-rate box to go to Afghanistan. You have to fill out a customs form as well. The Post office staff can set you up and explain it all.)
There are many groups that bake for the troops. You can support their efforts financially or in some cases help bake. Click here to see the list of groups.
Living Social is offering a deal this week where if you pay $25, the USO will donate $50 in care packages to troops. And you get a USO T-shirt.
You can also donate through the regular USO site but you don’t get as much bang for your buck. (But you do get some flags for your donation.)
On a lighter note, I’ve also been working on a 4th of July wreath for my front door. I’m not super-crafty so I need easy crafts. If you can tie a knot you can make this wreath. (And use any holiday fabric or colors.)
I saw the idea in a magazine at my dentist’s office but I’ve adjusted it slightly. I used a 14-inch floral ring from the Hobby Lobby. (I think around $6.) I cut strips of fabric 2 inches wide by 17 inches long. The first time I did the project I just bought the scrap packs that Hobby Lobby sells. The second time I bought 1 yard in four different fabrics. You will have fabric left over. I cut 100 strips.
Then you just start tying the fabric around the ring. You arrange the knots slightly off of each other. The fabric overlaps in the back.
The magazine called for you to clip the fabric down short, which I did on my first wreath but not on my second wreath. So it’s up to you.
This weekend, I built a bulletin board on Pinterest just of 4th of July crafts and foods. Everything is red, white and cute! So check it out here for more ideas. (I pinned more than 60 ideas. You don’t have to be a member to look. You can just click and look for ideas.)
Tell us how you’re celebrating the 4th. Do you have a favorite way to decorate or a favorite red, white, and blue food to make? Share your tips for sending treats to the troops.